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Hooked: New Science on How Casual Sex is Affecting Our Children Hardcover – August 1, 2008
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“Today, thanks to breakthroughs in neuroscience research techniques, scientists have been able to literally view the activity of the brain as it functions. With state-of-the-art mapping and imaging tools, researchers have unlocked a new world of data on what happens between your ears each day. In addition, new methods of tracking brain chemicals have allowed scientists to understand when and how much of these chemicals are released and how they influence behavior. We now have scientific studies about brain function and sexual thoughts and behavior that are not only fascinating but are true breakthroughs in our understanding of ourselves and the intriguing part of our behavior called sex.
And yes, this new science does establish once and for all that more happens during sex than physical activity or the transfer of secretions, sperm, or germs. What we now know from science is what some have been saying for years—that the largest and most important sex organ is the brain. In fact, the brain itself is being molded by sexual behavior.”
From the Back Cover
“I had no idea having sex as a teenager
could affect the rest of my life.”
What does a three-pound brain have to do with one’s sex life? A lot, actually.
Breakthroughs in the burgeoning field of neuroscience explain the impact of sex on the developing brains of adolescents and young adults.
Through scientific data put in layman’s terms, this book demonstrates that:
¿ Sexual activity releases chemicals in the brain, creating emotional bonds between partners.
¿ Breaking these bonds can cause depression and make it harder to bond with someone else in the future.
¿ Chemicals released in the brain during sex can become addictive.
¿ The human brain is not fully developed until a person reaches their mid-20s. Until then, it is harder to make wise relationship decisions.
Parents and others who care about young people now have the facts to steer them away from making life-changing mistakes, and lead them toward reaching their full potential.
Top Customer Reviews
Other studies have shown that the refusal of people to delay gratification and engage in irresponsible behavior partly explains the marked increase in marital and family fragmentation, sociopathic behavior, sexually transmitted diseases, criminality, suicidal ideation, selfishness and self centeredness, hostile intolerance to differing viewpoints, and a lack of concern, compassion and sensitivity towards others. The challenge is to weigh the long term consequences of immediate gratification behavior, return to greater civility and become more respectful of other's feelings, attitudes and values.
Tracy Tucker, R.N., Indiana.
A must have for anyone with children, anyone who works with children, or who once upon a time........was a child.
I haven't met or known one of my girlfriends in NYC, that engage in casual sex, who have found any sort of fullfillment from this lifestyle. In fact I have only seen extreme heartache, humiliation and anger from every one of them.Regardless if they are 19 or 40.
Men have argued with me up and down how wrong I am. However, I have watched these men them go from girl to girl, cohabitating etc, never being able to love or have a mature relationship because all they base it on is sex from the very beginning.
In ten years take a guess as to who will have a happy marriage,meaningful life and divorce free future. I'll make a sure bet it won't be them .
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is very important to note that this book is not fact-checked or peer-reviewed by people who are not already committed to the idea that sex should only be heterosexual and take... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Elizabeth
Great read! Extremely important, wish I would have read this book before I had sex for the first time.Published 1 month ago by Christy F.
Every parent and grandparent of teenagers should read this book. The science is very well explained about how the brains of teens and young adults are wired.Published 2 months ago by Wiseblues
Professional, scientific, academic, yes. But far more than that, practical, engaging, extremely easy and interesting to read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sean
I was expecting to read an academic book, not supported so much on opinion. I love reading about bonding and the science of love (and addiction), yet (even with an open mind), I... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Such a great book! definitely gives a better understanding and realism to what goes on in your brain in response to sex.Published 8 months ago by Christopher
It raised great questions for conversations and has helped me think more holistically about the physical, emotional and relational aspects of life. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Keith Troyer